La Caverna De Las Ideas/ The Cave of Ideas by Jose Carlos Somoza, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. Be the first to ask a question about The Athenian Murders .. La caverna de las ideas ist bislang das einzige Buch, das ich von Somoza gelesen habe, und so. The Athenian Murders is an historical mystery novel written by Spanish author José Carlos Somoza. Originally published in Spain under the title La caverna de las ideas (The Cave of Ideas) in , it was translated into English in by Sonia Soto. The Athenian Murders is Somoza’s first novel to be published in English.

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Somoza uses a device he calls “eidetic imagery”–“repetition of metaphors or words which calls up images independent of the original text”, but giving extra layers of meaning. Our intrepid duo sets out to solve all four murders.

Somoza’s cave-like book was quite the entertaining and thought-provoking detective story.

The Murder of the Maharaja by H. The “Decipherer of Enigmas”, Heracles Df the similarity of name to a modern-day fictional detective [physical description is similar too]–and Cqverna, a philosophy teacher from Plato’s Academy, investigate murders. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Jul 22, Cxrlos rated it it was amazing Shelves: The Cave of Ideas begins as a fairly straightforward mystery: I was a fool to believe that after solving one mystery the rest will follow. I enjoyed most of the book, except for some of the Ancient Greece scenes that were longer than they needed to be. Jan 06, Dan rated it liked it Recommends it for: There’s some of the cave allegory.

It won the Gold Dagger Award.

Want to Read saving…. According to Platothe realm of Ideas is the only true reality; our world is made up of imperfect, ephemeral imitations of the true ideas. As Diagoras and Heracles investigate, dw youths from the Academy are discovered brutally murdered.


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Description A modern-day linguist attempts to translate an ancient Greek novel called The Athenian Murders, only to find references apparently to himself cavernw the text that csrlos Heracles Pontor, the detective hired by a tutor at Plato’s Academy, to solve the strange death of a young man apparently mauled by wolves, but who in fact was murdered.

La caverna de las ideas I felt expressed better the content than the bland The Athenian Murders.

About the only thing I would note is that I read this in an English translation, which, for a book with a major plotline about translation, added a whole extra layer of appreciation to the story His teacher,Diagoras, guilty for not protecting him, joins forces out of guilt with Heracles Pontor, the “Decipherer of Enigmas” to unravel just what really happened to his student. Published December 5th by Abacus UK first published The manuscript being translated is the exciting story of a young man named Tramachus, a student at Plato’s Academy, who is suspiciously killed.

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A brilliant mystery-novel of story within story within story Trying to meet all your book preview and review needs. So, the translator is translating The Athenian Murders originally called The Cave of Ideas, a much better name, I think and he starts noticing eidetic images in the book words and phrases repeated a lot, that the author is using to tell something to the reader.

The Athenian Murders

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in psychiatry, but he gave up medicine in order to be a full-time writer in This book was a wonderful blend of both. I had issues especially concerning the language, because I read it in translation.

I was a little disapponted to find, after some googling, that eidesis is not a real literary device, it was just made up by the author for this book. We acknowledge and remind and warn you that they may, in fact, be entirely unrepresentative of the actual reviews by any other measure.

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Now the book takes a frightening turn; two more classmates of the first victim are murdered [or in one case, is it suicide? Surely there are still a few potential readers out there who get the Platonic allusion Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of Bizarre but hypnotic and enthralling on every page!

The novel extensively references Platonic idealismthe philosophical concept that postulates the independent existence of Ideas. Yes at heart it is a murder mystery, and if you don’t like the genre then this will probably annoy you more than usual since it is also a part of the “historical murder” subgenre but if you can look beyond that, you will find something that takes a joy in crossing borders: He points out that the texts hides a more complex message in the form of repetitive images called eidesis.

And so the contrast between appearances and reality, abstraction and the tangible, arises again.

The Athenian Murders by José Carlos Somoza

Quotes from The Athenian Murders. Anyway, the plot seemed interesting enough and I felt like reading, so I iideas on. And, as if that weren’t enough, a prime suspect and general seducer of Academic and other youths — or ephebes as they are annoyingly if authentically referred to herethe sculptor Menaechmus, is working on a piece called So I started, and immediately I thought, “eeek, a “period book”.

While the mystery itself is pretty straight forward with it twists and turns, the parallel contemporary story that works al This book is something special!